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Nancy Hynes DuVal


Born in 1784 in the Kentucky Territory to Col. Andrew and Elizabeth Hynes., Nancy was one of six children.


She married William P. DuVal on October 4, 1804.  He was a young lawyer who rose to be the first territorial governor of Florida, appointed in 1821 by President James Monroe.  As “Mrs. Governor DuVal.” she helped to establish Tallahassee society, urged her husband to establish a state educational system, and raised a family who figured prominently in Florida and Texas history.

With my partner, David Fussell, we bring the DuVals to life using the stories of their life together, his list of accomplishments as Governor and pioneer in the early years of the Florida territory, and the settlement of the United States.

It makes Florida history come alive and incites you to learn more about this amazing man.  ~~ Kathy Duffy, Storyteller


David Fussell and Kathy Kniery have created an impressive storytelling presentation based on the lives of territorial Governor Duval and his wife Nancy Hynes DuVal. Through impressive research and well-crafted stories, they have developed a historical chautauqua from Florida history. ~~ Mary Lee Sweet, Back In Tyme

Very well researched. Top-notch historical character interpretation. ~~ Chris Kastle , Musician and



David and Kathy are incredible storytellers. . .  the research they do brings such credibility to their presentations. ~~ David Pitts, Retired Advertising Executive

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